| ||The Alberta Farm Fresh School 2016 is coming up and Rob Spencer, commercial horticulture specialist says the school is the perfect place to learn more about direct market production and marketing of fruit, vegetables and livestock, as well as connect with producer peers and experts.
“This year’s event is being offered jointly by Alberta Farm Fresh Producers Association and Organic Alberta. As a result, there will be sessions for organic grain producers and all sessions will be appropriate for both conventional and organic producers,” he says.
Horticulture sessions offered this year include strawberry, sour cherry and haskap production, strawberry production in a plasticulture system, weed control options for vegetables, crop rotational planning for vegetables, as well as talks on integrated pest management, pest ID and post-harvest/storage management options, to name just a few.
In addition to the horticulture sessions, there will be other topic streams, as well as a trade show, a business/conversation room for specific businesses and topics and Alberta Agriculture and Forestry New Venture Coaches will be on hand to have one-on-one discussions about business plans and business expansion ideas.
Spencer says it’s a great opportunity for producers to take home information, share ideas, and get insightful tips and advice.
“The session format allows lots of time for networking and smooth, stress-free transitions between speakers. There is a full social evening, including a dinner and awards presentation (with cash bar available) followed by a separate mixer on Thursday evening,” he says.
The Alberta Farm Fresh School 2016 takes place February 25-26 at the Pomeroy Inn & Suites in Olds, AB (on Olds College campus).
Visit www.albertafarmfresh.com or www.organicalberta.ca for registration information and tentative agendas.